Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

Elder C. Mitchell


The Mitchell family of Pennsylvania, of which Elder C. Mitchell, of Derry township, Mifflin county, is a member, has long been prominent in that section of the state, and is accounted one of the most solid and honorable in Pennsylvania.

The first member of the family to come from England was probably Robert Mitchell, who landed in Massachusetts about 1664, from one of the small and infrequent sailing vessels that touched the shores of the New World. He married the daughter of a neighbor. Daniel Elliott, and by her had a large family. His sons and his sons' sons wandered to different provinces, one of them at least eventually making his home in Pennsylvania. That they did their patriotic duty by their country during the revolutionary war is proven by the roster of the various companies furnished by the colonies. Several Mitchells were among the soldiers of the Sixtieth Royal Americans who fought General Montcalm, his French soldiers and Indian allies near the lakes. Also the lists of the civil war veterans show that the Mitchell family was well represented, both north and south, throughout the entire time of the historic struggle.

William Mitchell was one of the early pioneers in Mifflin county, settling east of Milroy or Perrysville. He was a farmer and a landed proprietor, a man of great importance in that section of the state. He was known far and wide for his abundant hospitality. Among his numerous children was Samuel.

Samuel, son of William Mitchell, was born on his father's farm in Mifflin county, near Milroy. He was. like his father, a farmer, and was an extensive land owner. He was for years prominent in the social, religious and political life of his section. He married Margaret (Carnahan) Hosey, a daughter of an old family long established in Westmoreland county. She was the widow of Daniel Hosey, and settled in Mifflin county with him after their marriage. After her marriage with Samuel Mitchell they located in Derry township on a farm, and here their children were born. They lived quiet, retired, useful lives, were good neighbors and friends, always generously extending a helping hand to those less fortunate than themselves. They were devout members of the Presbyterian church. Children, 1. Rosanna, born July 10, 1812; married William Sigler; moved to Ohio and there died. 2. William, born April 2, 1814, died aged eighteen. 3. Mary, born July 18, 1816; married Robert Stewart; both died in Derry township. 4. Samuel, of whom further. 5. John McDowell, born September 21, 1821, died August 2, 1889, in Derry township; married Martha Sharp McNitt, of Siglerville, who still survives him; he was one of the substantial men of the township, highly respected and greatly esteemed.




John McDowell Mitchell

Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) and Margaret (Carnahan-Hosey) Mitchell, was born November 2, 18 18, on the old homestead in Derry township, died January 14, 1899. He married Margaret G. McNitt, born July 19, 1828, a member of an old and important family of that part of the state. She died June 26, 191 1. After marriage they lived on the Mitchell homestead in Derry township. His father dying, he and his brother, John McDowell, purchased the interests of the heirs, modernized the buildings, erected others and brought the land under a high state of cultivation. They were members of the Presbyterian church, liberally supporting it, he being treasurer of the same. He was a Democrat in politics and served as poor director for three years, school director nine years, and supervisor. Children: 1. Nancy, married J. S. McNitt; lives near Milroy. 2. Mary, married (first) Adam Koons, of Newville, Pennsylvania; (second) A. Brown Cummins; lives in Lewistown (1913). 3. Elder C, of whom further. 4. John Brown, lives at 19 East Third street, Lewistown; is a farmer by occupation; he married Rachel Sterrett. 3. Martha Ellen, who died at the age of nine months.

Elder C. son of Samuel (2) and Margaret G. (McNitt) Mitchell, was born on an adjoining farm to his present residence in Derry township, June 29, 1853. He was given all the educational advantages afforded by the public schools of the township and Airy View Academy, and was reared on the homestead. On leaving school he began farming, and came to his present home, the one adjoining his father's, to be with an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. John McDowell Mitchell. At the death of his uncle he inherited, co-jointly with his aunt, the farm. His aunt is still living with her husband's nephew, and is one of the brightest of women for her advanced years. She takes a vivid interest in things outside her home life and is still active in social and religious matters. Mr. Mitchell does general farming and stock breeding. He organized and is president of the Dry Valley Telephone Company, and is also trustee and treasurer of the Little Valley Presbyterian Church.

He married, April 23, 1896, Frances Anna Cummins, born January 15, 1858, at McAlevys Fort, the fourth daughter of Sterrett and Agnes (McNitt) Cummins, of an old and distinguished family, whose lineage runs back to colonial days. One son has been born to Elder C. and Frances Anna (Cummins) Mitchell, Samuel Cummins, born May 29, 1897.



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